Former minister for social development Bathabile Dlamini, who is facing
perjury charges, appeared in the Johannesburg Regional court on Friday.
Former minister for social development Bathabile Dlamini, who is facing perjury charges, appeared in the Johannesburg Regional court on Friday.
Phindi Mjonondwane, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Gauteng, says Dlamini’s lawyers objected to the fact that the Hawks were investigating her case.
“The court also dealt with the objections that were brought by the defence, that the Hawks are the team that are investigating the matter as well as the matter being enrolled at a regional court level.”
Mjonondwane says that the NPA do not decide who gets investigate which case.
“As the NPA we cannot dictate to the police who they must appoint as investigators on any case. But in the mandate of the Hawks itself, there is a list of cases that falls within their decree.
“However, that list is not exhaustive, once you get to end of the list, it mentions they can handle any other case. Which means it does not prevent the Hawks from investigating issues of perjury. We also argued that the person before court is a high-profile individual.”
Dlamini is set to appear in court for trial on November 24.
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